May 7, 2015
IN "THE D TRAIN," Jack Black is Keyser Soze. He's the psychologist who treats a kid who sees dead people, then realizes he's dead. He's the guy in "The Crying Game" whose girlfriend has an Adam's apple. He is, in short, a guy at the center of a jaw-dropping plot turn. Should this plot point be revealed? In the case of "The D Train," opening Friday, it's a divisive question. Some critics are doing it, some aren't. So, we put it to the highest authority we could think of - Jack Black, who stars in "The D Train," and who produced it. "Its tricky!"
April 12, 2015 |
The Flyers have extra motivation as they end their disappointing season Saturday afternoon against Ottawa at the Wells Fargo Center: They will be trying to prevent the surging Senators from clinching a playoff spot. "They'll be coming in with a lot of intensity, something I think we need from an opponent," said Flyers goalie Steve Mason, who will finish the best season of his seven-year career. "Hopefully, we'll be able to come away and ruin their season. " Ottawa (42-26-13), which owns a stunning 22-4-4 record since Feb. 10, can clinch a playoff spot if it registers one point.
January 7, 2014 |
At Invisible Sentinel, a biotech company in West Philadelphia where scientists each day conduct the serious business of trying to ensure a safer food supply, this is a day for raising a celebratory glass. Wine would be the appropriate libation. The seven-year-old start-up in University City Science Center is announcing Monday a partnership that will broaden its focus beyond food - to protecting wine from what some consider a taste-spoiler. The 17-employee company is pairing with Jackson Family Wines in Sonoma County, Calif., to develop a rapid diagnostic to detect brettanomyces, a nemesis to some vintners.
November 23, 2013 |
Andy Talley is a realist, which is why the Villanova football coach understands that his team can be only in the rare position of spoiler for the season finale against rival Delaware at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at PPL Park in Chester. Villanova qualified for the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs four of the previous five seasons, winning the national championship in 2009 and advancing to the semifinals in 2010. Last season the Wildcats again earned a berth as the regular-season Colonial Athletic Association champion and they were picked to repeat this season.
November 16, 2013 |
While Penn faces long odds in retaining its Ivy League football crown, the Quakers still believe they have plenty to play for. After last week's 38-26 loss to Princeton, Penn is 4-4 overall, 3-2 in the Ivy League, two games behind the first-place Tigers with two to play. Princeton would eliminate the Quakers by winning either this week at home against Yale or next week at Dartmouth. So now Penn is in the rare role of playing spoiler when it visits Harvard (7-1, 4-1) at noon Saturday.
September 23, 2013 |
My boyfriend isn't caught up on Breaking Bad . This may not sound like a crisis to you, but it is. There are only two episodes left in the greatest show on television, and as if that weren't traumatizing enough, the writers are torturing my favorite characters to the bitter end. And I can't say a word to my boyfriend. No spoilers. I suffer alone. We love watching our favorite shows together. But with the advent of DVR and Netflix, watching a show as a couple has gotten complicated.
August 26, 2013 |
Edgar Wright issued a plea when he began screening The World's End , asking critics, reporters, and bloggers not to "reveal some of the surprises, twists and actors that do not feature in the trailers. " Fair enough. But those trailers give away a lot . From writer-director Wright and his Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz brethren, The World's End stars Simon Pegg , Nick Frost , Martin Freeman , Eddie Marsan , and Paddy Considine as five friends who return to their hometown after 20 years to complete the noble challenge left unfinished when they were in high school: the ultimate pub crawl, 12 pubs, 12 pints, one night.
July 24, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Shirley Jones appears every inch the ladylike Marian the librarian or sweet farm girl Laurey or cheerfully steady Mrs. Partridge. Her makeup is discreet and her silver hair tidy. It all adds up to the publicly familiar Shirley Jones, whose crystalline soprano voice and dewy prettiness made her an immediate star in the 1950s film versions of "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel," and who captured a subsequent generation of fans in TV's "The Partridge Family" in the 1970s. Then there's Shirley Jones , her new autobiography, which turns the 79-year-old actress' image on its head in startling - even shocking - ways.
May 10, 2013 |
BECAUSE OF HIS almost-forever fascination with the earth and sky, Marc Berlanger plans to major in geoscience at Bloomsburg University. Did someone say earth and sky? Thursday, those words were quite the fit for Berlanger's first two at-bats in an important Catholic Red baseball game. In both, he drove deep fly balls toward almost the exact same part of dead rightfield. The first launching offered momentary hope, then returned him to earth. The second sent him soaring sky high!
January 1, 2013 |
DETROIT - Spoiler alert: This story contains words and phrases that some people would love to expunge from the English language. Spoiler alert is among them. So are kick the can down the road , trending , and bucket list . A dirty dozen have landed on the 38th annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse, and General Uselessness. The nonbinding, tongue-in-cheek decree released Monday by northern Michigan's Lake Superior State University is based on nominations submitted from the United States, Canada, and beyond.